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MPH Program in Health Services
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MPH Program in Health Services

Our program's mission is to prepare leaders to improve health in diverse populations by solving problems in rapidly changing societies and health systems. We offer analytical and practical knowledge and skills to candidates who have some experience in health fields and who want to assume positions of greater responsibility in improving the public's health and the effectiveness of health care and population health services. Our program's primary focus is population health and the health care system in the United States.

The MPH program in Health Services consistently ranks among the best. Our 2-year program offers exceptional instruction in research methods, health care systems, health economics, health promotion, and the social determinants of health. By combining these disparate domains into a single degree, we afford students a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary study and work.

As the 2020 novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has powerfully illustrated, radical wealth inequality, racism, and other forms of systemic oppression are major drivers of health inequities in the United States. There are huge disparities in access to Covid-19 testing. A large proportion of our "essential" workforce (e.g., grocery store clerks, delivery drivers, childcare providers) has inadequate access to both health care and paid sick leave, causing significant individual and community harms. Systemic racism and other social determinants of health are causing Black Americans to die of Covid-19 at higher rates in many communities right now. Temporary closures of schools and other agencies have meant that many children in critical need of mental health services are having to go without, and this is hitting less-privileged families the hardest. At the University of Washington, we believe that ALL people have a right to health. Our Health Services MPH program is committed to training Health Services practitioners, researchers, and policymakers to tackle health inequities and promote health justice, in their home communities, and nationally.


We offer a General Program, as well as elective concentrations in:




Info Sessions

  • December 14, 2021, 12-1 p.m. Pacific Time (PT)
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  • January 11, 2022, 12-1 p.m. Pacific Time (PT)
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Or watch a recorded information session at your convenience.

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photo: National Public Health Week 2021 Story Round-Up

National Public Health Week 2021 Story Round-Up

Happy National Public Health Week 2021! Thanks for following along with our daily featured stories, showcasing work by alumni, students, and faculty in the University of Washington School of Public Health Department of Health Systems and Population Health. (Story round-up under the cut.)   read more...

photo: MPH Student Lance Frankel Studies Emergency School Meal Programs During COVID

MPH Student Lance Frankel Studies Emergency School Meals in COVID

For his MPH practicum project, Lance worked with Dr. Jesse Jones-Smith and Lina Walkinshaw via the UW Nutritional Sciences Program to conduct an analysis of emergency school meal programs across Washington State during the COVID-19 pandemic. "All families want to feed their children nutritious foods," says Lance, "but if school meals are unavailable, this goal can slip out of reach.”   read more...

photo: MPH Alum Dr. Douglas Diekema Helps WA Prioritize COVID-19 Resource Allocation

Dr. Douglas Diekema Helps WA Prioritize COVID-19 Resource Allocation

More than a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the most enduring challenges of the pandemic response in the United States has been shortage: of masks, ICU beds, ventilators, and vaccines. Physician, ethicist, and Health Services MPH alumnus Dr. Douglas Diekema (’93) has played a unique role in helping to develop Washington State’s approach to allocating precious resources during the pandemic.   read more...